Dear reader, welcome to the 7th Edition of the African Mountains Echo- the voice for Sustainable Mountain Development in Africa produced by the Albertine Rift Conservation Society in collaboration with Africa Mountains Regional Forum, with financial support from the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC).
Mountains are undoubtedly “water towers” because of their ability to provide water for irrigation, food production, industrial use and domestic needs, among others. In addition to the special goods and services, they are safe venues for traditional ceremonies and ancestry, partly the reason why the Mount Kadam ranges in South Karamoja, North-Eastern Uganda is jealously guarded by the minority Kadam people.
In this issue, we carry an article on Mount Kadam Ranges, look at the drivers of change on Mount Cameroon and bring you details of what transpired at the two-day workshop held in Alpbach, Tyrol, Austria on 18-19 April 2017. The workshop among other things discussed women’s situation in mountain areas and the importance of their knowledge and expertise in contributing to their co-existence and survival in the mountains.
Under the section “Portrait of the African Mountain Partnership members”, we tell you more about Total LandCare (TLC) Malawi, one of the latest entrants to the Mountain Partnership. In the very last section of this newsletter, we fill you in with what you probably missed during the past events and bring to your attention a couple of events coming up.
Once again, we thank all contributors to this issue. We look forward to continue our collaboration and partnership in promoting Sustainable Mountain Development in Africa.